People who enjoy golfing come in all shapes and sizes from young to young-at-heart, and skill levels from beginner to tournament champions. Louisiana offers some of the best places in the state with beautifully-landscaped terrain and challenging courses. Whether you want to get together with friends for a round or you’re simply looking for some solitude, here are the 9 best public golf courses in Louisiana.
Considered by many to be the best value on the West Bank, Stonebridge Golf Club optimizes everything that’s great about the New Orleans area of Louisiana. Located in Gretna, the 18-hole links-styled course has five sets of tees that accommodate any level player from beginner to expert. Annual and monthly memberships are available and come with certain benefits, but the course is open to the public. Club rental is available at the golf shop, and lessons are open to individuals in person and by an extensive video library. Need a place to hold your next event? Stonebridge is available for weddings, special events, and other corporate meetings.
With membership in the Tournament Players Club network and part of the PGA Tour, TPC Louisiana in Avondale is one of the best 18-hole public golf courses in the state. Not far from New Orleans, TPC has earned numerous awards over the years like GolfWeek’s “Best Courses You Can Play,” and one of the “Top 100 Public Golf Courses” by Golf Digest. TPC has a charitable mission that includes organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Adopt a Charity, and Birdies for the Brave, and actively supports the local community with rent-free tournament venues, donations, and commitment. There’s a 24,000-square-foot clubhouse on premises featuring lockers rooms for men and women, a pro-golf shop, and banquet, lounge, and dining areas that are second-to-none.
Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting out, the National Golf Club of Louisiana is a publicly recognized course for all levels. One of the state’s newest courses and located in Westlake, the National Golf Club has been named one of the most affordable courses and features an excellent practice area where you can test and sharpen your skills. There are 14 lakes, 65 bunkers, and some of the most challenging greens around in the 7,000-yard in the area plus an instructional camp with teachers who know the game. Individual and group lessons are available, and the club has year-round events for men and women of all ages and abilities.
The literal translation of belle terre is “beautiful land” and the public golf course that bears that name is just that. Located in La Place, Louisiana, Belle Terre is considered one of the most beautiful locations in the area and is renowned for the peaceful quiet surroundings of its 18-hole championship course designed by Pete Dye. Golfers of all skill levels will find a place to improve their game on one of the four tees that cover nearly 7,000 yards. This public course is a must-play the next time you’re in the New Orleans area.
Dumas Memorial Golf Course is a beautiful 18-hole course that opened in the 1960s just outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Designed to offer the best and most challenging course for long-distance shots, the course measure over 6,400 yards and has a nice mix of long and short holes. Green fees are reasonable and footgolf is also offered. If you’re looking for a league to join, there are choices for various skill levels, including regular and junior leagues, and coed golf camps in the summer months.
One of the longest courses in the state, Koasati Pines is deep in the wetlands of Southwestern Louisiana and is surrounded by oaks and pines that give it its name. With an 18-hole course, a par 72 championship layout, six sets of tees, and dynamic design, this course combines challenge and beauty into a great golf experience. The clubhouse has lockers and a boardroom for meetings, knowledgeable instructors who can help you fine-tune your game, and rate cards that detail special discounts and other important information and policies. Open year round from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., there is lodging and dining nearby so you can make a day or weekend of it.
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Originally opened as a nine-hole course in 1976, Trail’s End Golf Course in Arcadia, Louisiana, grew to include an 18-hole course. Nestled at the highest elevation in the parish, this public golf course sponsors scrambles, tours, and tournaments designed to improve your game no matter what skill level you maintain. This lovely country setting is perfect for an afternoon getaway, and the greens are kept clean and well-manicured. Part of the course takes you through a wooded area, and the rest is over rolling hills. Pricing is very reasonable, making Trail’s End on of the best bargains in the area.
With a 7,200-yard layout fit for champions, Black Bear Golf Club located in Delhi, Louisiana offers four sets of tees and many extras for the golf enthusiast or beginner. The greens and fairways are the perfect setting for golf tournaments and a great weekend getaway with lush surroundings. Stay and Play packages are available for those who like the idea of lodging overnight, but the reasonable green fees that include cart, range balls, and applicable taxes, are good for daily golf outings, too. This course is a favorite and has been named one of the best courses by Golfweek Magazine.
If you want a course that challenges you with features like the unique mix of par 3, 4, and 5 tees, Copper Mill is the place to visit. Located in Zachary, Louisiana, this course has earned a reputation since opening in 2004, and has been named in the Top 10 Courses in the state by Golf Digest. A links-style course reminiscent of those in Scotland, Copper Mill makes the best use of the natural landscape and adds strategically placed bunkers and water hazards to make things exciting. With special events, outings, and the use of the banquet facilities for corporate and social events, Copper Mill has it all.
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